Physics-filter: in the context of a diatribe against memorization, a physics professor of mine once mentioned that she fell in love with the discipline because all of modern physics
can be derived from a few foundational equations. So, what are they? [more inside]
posted by perissodactyl
on Mar 18, 2009 -
Is there an alternative to harmful herbicides that will kill weeds but not harm backyard wildlife?
My yard is full of weeds. It looks awful. We're having an awful time getting rid of the weeds because there are just too many to manually pull each out. So my husband wants to use a "Weed and Feed" or some similar weed killer on our entire lawn to kill the weeds, then start seeding grass. [more inside]
posted by feeshbitZ
on Mar 14, 2009 -
Are there any species other than humans whose own success (at procreation, expansion, etc.) has threatened or ruined their habitat? [more inside]
posted by ocherdraco
on Mar 3, 2009 -
I'm looking for a big beautiful coffee table book about birds, wetlands or nature or similar ...preferably with lots of pictures and less text. It's a gift. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by dahliachewswell
on Feb 24, 2009 -
Summer isn't THAT far off . . . already trying to come up with camping/hiking spots in the Midwest for once it gets warm. Help! Looking for specific recommendations for spots in the IL/IA/WI area, plus whatever other random camping and backpacking tips you want to throw my way. Bonus points for places I can bring my dog, although I don't mind leaving her with my parents for a week either. [more inside]
posted by lblair
on Feb 12, 2009 -
I was at the Bogor Daily Photo blog earlier today and saw a picture of a 'Strange Tree'
that one of the site's contributors, Alaya, posted with the words " found the tree with strange fruit on the road near botanical garden. anyone know what kind of tree is it? ".
I waited the whole day but no answer was forthcoming . I thought it looks like a fruit-bearing parasitic plant that i might have seen somewhere before.The photo piqued my curiosity so I thought I will ask the Mefites.
I am sure Alaya will be ever so thankful too. :)
posted by kryptos
on Dec 28, 2008 -
How do I escape NYC for a few days and commune with nature upstate, in winter, with my dog? Oh, and I don't know how to drive. [more inside]
posted by cardamom
on Dec 8, 2008 -
I have a bunch of limbs and vines that I need to get rid of - probably a whole dump truck full. What's the most environmentally friendly way to get rid of them? [more inside]
posted by adverb
on Oct 10, 2008 -
Midnight activities for a 4-year-old that he wouldn't get a chance to do during the day? My son is having an EEG tomorrow during the day. They want him sleep-deprived so he'll sleep without sedation. I'm supposed to get him up for the day at 3:30 am. He's not a morning person at all, so to keep him awake I'm looking for exciting things to do/observe/etc. that wouldn't be possible during his normal waking hours. We're in the east end of Toronto near the Don Valley, so both big-city and nature/wildlife type activities may be possibilities.
posted by winston
on Sep 21, 2008 -
My boyfriend, our two small dogs, and I would like to take a weekend trip in the Boston area soon... We want cost-effective, swimming opportunities, quaintness, dog-friendly, nature...
Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by lalalana
on Jul 30, 2008 -
Two questions about Argentina. First, does anyone know any good hot springs [termas] that are not exceedingly far from Buenos Aires.
Second, does anyone know any music stores in Buenos Aires where I could acquire a melodica or other instruments for not too many pesos. [more inside]
posted by cloeburner
on Jun 29, 2008 -
What's a good place to take my Mom hiking in the Olympia, WA area? She's got endurance for a decently long, steep walk, but she's afraid of heights and won't walk on loose or slippery surfaces. [more inside]
posted by scose
on Jun 15, 2008 -
This weekend I will be driving a roadster from Las Angeles to Detroit with a buddy. Help me find winding, hilly or mountainy roads with great views of nature to see on my way. Twisty mountain roads are always preferred over long straightaways. (Bonus if they aren't too much out of my way, thought I don't mind changing my route somewhat.)
So far I am thinking of passing through Las Vegas, the Grand Canyon, and Rocky Mountain National Park. (Google map
posted by parma
on May 6, 2008 -
What are some ways to tell the direction [North, East, South, West] you are headed? And more generally, what are some cool nature tricks you've learned through the years? [more inside]
posted by cloeburner
on Apr 16, 2008 -
AustinNatureFilter: What are the best places in and around Austin, Texas to explore the Natural History of the area? [more inside]
posted by gavia
on Apr 4, 2008 -
Manchester, NH Novice hiking trails nearby a couple of miles or more long, now that the weather is getting better? [more inside]
posted by prodevel
on Apr 4, 2008 -
Women loners, recluses, survivalists, they lived alone and liked it that way. Which books details their lives? [more inside]
posted by watercarrier
on Mar 16, 2008 -
What are some beautiful places in or within an hour of Westchester where a group of 20-30 could rent inexpensive cabin(s) for the night? Big plus if it is beautiful AT night, too. Thanks.
posted by Malad
on Feb 23, 2008 -
JG Ballard said something about our pornography-addicted culture being due to a disconnect with nature, but I don't have an exact quote. So with hat in hand, I appeal to the hive mind. [more inside]
posted by survivorman
on Jan 18, 2008 -
Trying to remember a web site from some time back. Guy had pictures of some of the most beautiful places on the Planet. The pics included himself, back to camera, and bare-assed. Little help?
posted by JABof72
on Oct 13, 2007 -
I'm taking a road trip through the southwest, and I'd like to see places with an interesting backstory or that show you "behind the scenes." I'm interested in places with political, economic, environmental, or industrial significance. Can you recommend some? [more inside]
posted by salvia
on Sep 30, 2007 -
How can it be that there exists not a single example of a working wheel in nature, which after all gave us (among other things) the eyeball?
posted by It ain't over yet
on Sep 23, 2007 -
How do you explain God, death, and infinity to a 5-year old? Please recommend a book or online resource for explaining philosophy, existentialism, and other abstract concepts to a young child not yet capable of abstract cognitions. [more inside]
posted by jujube
on Sep 13, 2007 -
OMFGFilter: I was cleaning my living room / bedroom / office and underneath my side-laying cable modem I found HORDES of ants swarming around pale little crumbs. Did I just find a nest? [more inside]
posted by emptyinside
on Aug 8, 2007 -
What is that white foamy stuff I saw dripping off all the leaves in a forest in Northern California and then again on some of the plants around Whistler, Canada? My first thought was bird droppings, but it seems a little too insubstantial for that. A few people thought maybe it was sap or pollen. Does anybody know for sure?
posted by willnot
on Jul 12, 2007 -
I am looking for the name of a graphic artist who was featured in DWELL early this year. From the 50's (more or less), very modern and minimal drawings of insects and nature. It is a man, and I am pretty sure he was American. Anyone know this?
posted by tarantula
on Jul 1, 2007 -
How can a Indian software engineer join documentary/photography crew of National Geographic, Discovery, BBC, PBS or other similar production houses? What kind of jobs are available in these organizations? Are there similar jobs (outside of the documentary business) that can take me to such places and pay for it? Low salary not an issue. [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Jun 7, 2007 -
TravelinginFranceFilter: I know there have been loads of questions about France. We're looking for beautiful places in the countryside, great cheap food and reasonable accommodations. I'd love to have the perfect trip that matches my favorite things: [more inside]
posted by Deathalicious
on May 2, 2007 -